Living in the Upper West Side, Manhattan

The Upper West Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, that lies between Central Park and the Hudson River and between West 59th Street and West 110th Street. Dhe Upper West Side is an upscale, primarily residential area with many of its residents working in more commercial areas in Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

It has the reputation of being home to New York City's cultural, intellectual hub (with Columbia University located at the north end of the neighborhood), and artistic workers (with Lincoln Center located at the south end).


The apartment buildings along Central Park West are some of the most desirable locations in the City. The Dakota, the oldest apartment building on the Upper West Side, is the building outside which John Lennon was shot and killed and many famous people still reside in it. Apartments on Riverside Drive often have sweeping views of the water.

Parks and Recreation

The Upper West Side is blessed to be sandwiched between Central Park to the East and Riverside Park to the West. Central Park has a beautiful reservoir around which there is a dirt jogging path, as well as a path around the park, which is closed much of the day to traffic. Riverside park has a path, Cherry Lane, that runs almost unbroken past the tip of the park to about 132nd street, and down past the park along the West Side Highway to nearly the tip of Manhattan, which is a great asset to those wanting to exercise or commute by bicycle. Both parks also have many wooden and metal playgrounds on which children play throughout the year, even in the coldest of weather.

Shopping and Eating

Perhaps the Upper West Side is most well-known for its food options, and the central Upper West Side is a food lover's dream. Amsterdam Avenue has recently become a mecca for delicious, affordable eating.

Upper West Side: An Eclectic Mix

The Upper West Side neighborhood is emphatically residential in its character and, given its large geographic area, it's no surprise that the types of buildings here vary widely. Families, couples young and old, or singles (or roommates) seeking Upper West Side apartments to rent or buy have an enormous number of options from which to choose, from the full-amenity contemporary high rise towers on Broadway and Columbus, to the beautiful old pre-war buildings on West End Avenue and Central Park West.

There are first-rate public schools all over the Upper West Side, as well as several of the most exclusive private schools in New York. And if you have children in the Upper West Side offers easy access to huge amounts of outdoor space access, ball fields of all kinds, and playgrounds. Riverside Park flanks west side of the area, while Central Park borders the east.

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